Instructor in training and Norwegian Bokmal Translator
Location: Bergen, Norway
“Hello everyone. My name is Maria Blinova. I am from beautiful St-Petersburg in Russia. I now live with my husband and daughter in the land of fjords and northern lights – Norway. I have a PhD in geophysics and work in oil industry. I love my job and in addition I am developing my artistic skills.
All my childhood I loved to draw, however, I never studied it until quite recently. Maybe because art was not considered as a real profession in my family or maybe just because I was not determined enough to make a decision to do it back then. So all my art skills were left at the way they were in my teenage years. Only when my daughter was born (I was 33 years old) I got the strong desire to start to draw again. I decided to become a children’s book illustrator thinking that it could give me the possibility of revisiting my childhood and discovering my passion for art again, sharing the beautiful moments of it with others.
I always have had some ideas and pictures in my imagination, but I did not know how to put them on paper, or simply where to start. I needed to learn basic drawing techniques and theory. So I started to look for the drawing courses that could fit in the daily routine of a mom with a full time job.
I was really blessed to find the Cindy’s online drawing school. It took me a bit over a year to finish the course, which was brilliant. And now I feel that I have all I need to fulfill my dreams. The only thing I need to keep doing, is to follow Cindy’s wisest advice – “just show up at the table”.
It gives the exciting feeling that it is possible to learn to draw in such a short period of time. I discovered the possibility of fulfilling my artistic desires. Cindy’s blissful inspiration and assistance inspired me to continue my studies on my path to becoming an instructor, so that I can share my experience and knowledge I got during Cindy’s course with others. I am looking forward to it.”
Rhododendron by Maria Blinova
The Storyteller by Maria Blinova